Posture is the position that you hold your body at while standing, sitting, or lying down. A correct posture is the position of the least amount of stress. So, pressure on the joints, muscles, and tissues is at a minimum. Therefore, providing the most efficient movement. A prolonged posture causes the CNS (central nervous system) to make musculoskeletal adaptations. These imbalances strain and weaken the muscles. Some are then overstretched, while others are constantly contracted. Your muscle patterns become altered over time. But, we are creatures of habit and poor posture can come back full circle.
To demonstrate, cross your arms and see which one ends up on top. After a few times, you will find that the same arm ends up on top. Try again, but this time force the other arm to go on top. Does it feel awkward? Trying to correct posture is uncomfortable. So, you can imagine why many fall into incorrect posture patterns again and again. You may not be used to good posture, however, you can change this.
Why You Have Poor Posture
The fascia system in your body changes as the muscles change. Fascia is a system of connective tissue that supports muscles and organs. Poor posture affecting muscles also affects fascia, and they bind down. Binding down means extra pressure is placed on the nerves, blood vessels, and bones. The fascia then has to adapt as you try and correct your posture.
Joints and ligaments will also feel the increased pressure. The collagen bonds forming the joint capsules break down. Once they reach 7% elongation, chronic deformation develops.
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Do You Work at a Desk?
The most common cause of poor posture is seen with desk work. Sitting at a computer with your head down, slouched spine, and rounded shoulders. This is an unnatural posture and is awkward. Several muscles groups and fascia are impacted:
- Levator scapular
These changes cause eye strain, difficulty breathing, and poor circulation. Poor posture is also known to cause chronic headaches.
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Poor Posture Causes Neck Pain
Did you know that most cases of neck pain come from poor posture? That’s right. And people often don’t understand this is the underlying condition they suffer from. So, if you are diligent, and work hard towards correcting your posture, it’s possible!
Forward head posture occurs when the neck slants forward. Your neck should be directly above the shoulders rather than in front of them. Therefore, causing neck pain from poor posture.
If you are aware you have incorrect posture or assume your neck or back pain could be from poor posture, call us at 888-409-8006. Our spine specialists can help diagnose your problem and get your posture under control. Don’t hesitate to call us with further questions. We are here to help. Offices conveniently located in South Florida.
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